One

illustration of two overlapping silhouettes combining into one silhouette

For the longest time, I believed I needed to have a second self, a work self. It became apparent in the past few years that this was not sustainable. With two selves came the work of playing two separate characters, overlapping in ways, but still two separate roles. It was exhausting. It wasn’t real. What was real was the mental olympics that came with play acting two different people. So I began chipping away at my work self. I’m becoming just one me and I’m finding that “just one me” is much more liberating.